Franck Bouyer

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Franck Bouyer
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Personal information
Full name Franck Bouyer
Born (1974-03-17) March 17, 1974 (age 43)
Beaupréau, France
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1995 Castorama
1996 Agrigel
1997–1999 Française des Jeux
2000–2006 Bonjour
2009–2013 Bbox Bouygues Telecom
Major wins
Tour du Limousin (2001)
Tour de Vendée (2002)
Paris–Camembert (2004)

Franck Bouyer (born March 17, 1974 in Beaupréau) is a French former professional road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 1995 and 2013.[1] Bouyer competed for the Castorama, Agrigel, Française des Jeux, Bouygues Télécom and Team Europcar squads during his career.[2] Bouyer suffers from narcolepsy, resulting in sudden sleep attacks and cataplexy, and was unable to compete or train without Modafinil.[3]

However, the UCI ruled in June 2004 that Bouyer could not be given a therapeutic use exemption to allow him to compete having taken the drug, so Bouyer was unable to race. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the decision of the UCI citing that it could not be determined that Modafinil did not provide an extra increase in performance and that the dosage was hard to measure.[4] Despite the rulings by both the UCI and CAS, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) gave Bouyer permission to return to racing in August 2005.[5] Yet, following an appeal to CAS by the UCI, Bouyer was once again banned.[6] In January 2007, Bouyer's contract with Bouygues Télécom expired and the team released him.[7] Bouyer filed a civil lawsuit against the UCI and WADA in July 2007, arguing they were preventing him from working.[8] After confirmation from the UCI that a new drug for treating narcolepsy (Xyrem) was not on the banned list, he signed again for the Bbox Bouygues Telecom team for the 2009 season.[9]

Bouyer retired at the end of the 2013 season.[1]


4th A Travers le Morbihan
8th Giro di Siracusa
4th Grand Prix de Lillers
1st Overall Tour du Limousin
1st Stage 1
3rd Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
4th GP de la Ville de Rennes
8th Boucles de l'Aulne
9th Grand Prix de Cholet-Pays de Loire
1st Tour de Vendée
2nd Grand Prix de Cholet-Pays de Loire
3rd Trophée des Grimpeurs
5th Boucles de l'Aulne
10th Overall Tour du Limousin
10th Tour du Haut Var
2nd Grand Prix de Cholet-Pays de Loire
3rd Overall Étoile de Bessèges
7th Tour du Finistère
1st Paris-Camembert
2nd Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
1st Stage 1
4th Tour de Vendée
1st Overall Tour de Bretagne
9th Overall Boucles de la Mayenne
7th Overall Boucles de la Mayenne


  1. ^ a b "La boucle est bouclée pour Duret" [The career is complete for Duret]. Ouest-France (in French). Groupe Ouest-France. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. Après Franck Bouyer, mardi, Sébastien Duret a désormais la certitude que le point placé au terme de la saison 2013 serait un point final. [After Franck Bouyer on Tuesday, Sébastien Duret is now satisfied that the point placed at the end of the 2013 season would be an end point.] 
  2. ^ Deneits, Stephane (8 January 2012). "Équipes 2012: Europcar" [Teams 2012: Europcar]. (in French). Velochrono. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bouyer sidelined". 2004-06-17. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  4. ^ "CAS refutes Bouyer's appeal". 2005-03-20. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  5. ^ "WADA allows Bouyer to race". 2005-08-23. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  6. ^ "No more racing for Bouyer". 2006-03-19. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  7. ^ "Bouyer without a team". 2007-01-24. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  8. ^ "Bouyer files suit against UCI, WADA". 2007-07-20. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
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